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Turning Point Trust taking bookings for PeerZone

Turning Point Trust is a passionate and thriving mental health and addiction service provider, established in 1996.

They are strongly committed to providing an environment where people living with an experience of mental illness and/or addiction feel safe and supported, and can develop meaningful relationships and skills that will facilitate community inclusion and participation.  Turning Point Trust provides a suite of services designed to support people’s chosen recovery paths.  Services include: Day activities, Vocational services, Peer support and advocacy, Career support.

PeerZone is a series of three hour peer led workshops in mental health and addiction where people explore recovery and whole of life wellbeing.

Turning Point Office
(07) 578 6934
Postal: P O Box 9217
Physical: 17th Ave West
Tauranga NZ

Stigma Busting Stories in the Like Minds Newsletter Dec 2012

The December 2012 issue of the Like Minds Newsletter is available online.

The feature article investigates how blogging can help to reduce stigma and discrimination – according to avid bloggers and tangata whaiora, Cate Reddell and Jarno Noordermeer.

Guy Baker tells how sharing his personal story of mental illness has brought him much support from his work colleagues at the Gisborne District Council.

Recent initiative PeerZone is receiving positive feedback about its workshops and is hoping to hold training for facilitators in Australia in 2013.

Auckland artist Andrew Serjeant talks about his art and belief that people with experience of mental illness can contribute greatly to society.

Sheree Veysey gives the lowdown on her Master’s thesis that focuses on how stigma may operate in the complaints process within mental health services.

Kaumatua Kathy Stewart leads you through her story about how she found strength and recovery in helping others after years of depression.

Online NZ Peer Support Programme Launched


PeerZone is shared learning for wellbeing, designed and delivered by and for people with experience of mental distress.  It is a series of three hour peer facilitated face-to-face sessions (learning packages) where participants engage in mutual support, deepen their understanding of their experience and develop tools for wellbeing in all the major life domains. The face-to-face groups are backed up by online resources and a chat facility.

PeerZone is aimed at working age people, particularly younger people with severe mental distress. Their vision is that by the end of this decade, everyone who uses mental health services will be offered some kind of peer led learning and support opportunity.

Mary O’Hagan and Sara McCook Weir developed PeerZone. The learning packages were developed in 2010-2011 and they were piloted in 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. In 2012 they will organise the initial orientation for facilitators, launch the website, and work to establish PeerZone in New Zealand.


PeerZone Noho Wananga in Wellington 27 – 29 Jan 2012

PeerZone noho Wananga registration is coming to Maraeroa Marae, Waitangirua, Wellingtonand is free for all Maori and Pasifika peoples whom have lived with personal experience of mental distress.
Friday January 27th – Sunday January 29th 2012. 12.00pm Friday – 3.00pm Sunday.
The noho is an opportunity for like minded people with like minded journeys to come together and explore concepts of health and wellbeing for Maori and Pasifika people. Registrations close on the 20th January 2012, so please register either yourselves or those whom you work with to come along and share experiences and knowledge gained because of our experiences.
Marae stay is optional, but for those that do not wish to stay on a Marae, you will need to make alternative arrangements. All accommodation and meals will be provided. All that you require to bring is toiletries, sleeping gear and your participation. Registrations are limited so get in early to secure your place. Our registration form is attached to this email, please fill out and return to Waiatamai Tamehana tamehanaconsultancy@xtra.co.nz. Or phone 04 2366754. More information will be sent in your registration confirmation packs.